Gov. Dayton appoints Reilly and Reyes to Minnesota Court of Appeals

Gov. Mark Dayton has made two appointments to the Minnesota Court of Appeals: Judge Denise Reilly and lawyer Peter Reyes.

They will replace Thomas J. Kalitowski and Terri J. Stoneburner, who will retire April 1.

Reilly, of Long Lake, has been a Hennepin County District judge since 1997, when she was appointed by Republican Gov. Arne Carlson. Before that, she was an assistant U.S. attorney in Minnesota. She teaches trial practice at the University of Minnesota School of Law. 

Reyes, of Roseville, is a partner at Barnes and Thornburg, where he focuses on intellectual property and litigation in both state and federal court. He’d previously been a senior intellectual-property lawyer at Cargill and an associate at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi. He’s a former president of both the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association and is currently on the Board of Trustees for the William Mitchell College of Law.

The state Appeals Court has 19 judges; one from each of the state’s eight Congressional Districts and 11 at-large.

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